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橋本代志子 – Yoshiko Hashimoto

September 26, 2011

 

 

In early 1945, Hashimoto Yoshiko – then 24 years old and the mother of a one-year-old son – lived in Tokyo’s Honjo Ward (now Sumida Ward) with her siblings and parents. In this June 2011 interview (conducted by Cary Karacas, and transcribed and translated by Eri Tsuji), she describes the experience of the 10 March 1945 firebombing of Tokyo. Facing the chaos of many thousands of people attempting to flee numerous conflagrations, Hashimoto and some of her family members found themselves on the Sannohashi Bridge spanning the Tategawa canal as the flames and heat bore upon them. With no other choice, Hashimoto jumped with her baby into the cold waters below.  

 

 

 

 

 

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